The School Room
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The School Room is a rock climbing training facility in the Heeley Bank School community centre, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The facility was originally built in 1993 by Gavin Ellis, Ben Tye and Andy Coish, as conditions at Peak District Limestone venues (at which they trained) were not always ideal. The facility was made famous by its reputation for its extremely difficult problems. Many notable international rock climbers were trained at The School Room, including Ben Moon, Malcolm Smith, Jerry Moffat and Richard Simpson.
The School Room received its name from the fact that it forms a portion of an old school building, of which another portion is used for an art studio. The facility consists of four plywood climbing walls, which are covered with wooden and plastic holds, at angles of between 15 and 52 degrees.
In 2007, the School Room was under threat of closure and Sheffield City Council had asked all users of the centre to vacate the premises. A successful petition was established to save the facility and the Council opted to shelve the plans.
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